Monthly Archives: August 2006

Lumen Gentium 20

Yet more on hierarchy. I laughed a bit over the comment about the ecclesiologist choking over this section of Vatican II. It’s important to recall that many lay people have very negative experiences of clergy who have, let’s say, mismanaged … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Plug Your Ears, Sing La-La-La

I found a typical thread on another blog yesterday. Lots of chiming in against global warming. As if it were a political opinion of which one could be in favor or not. Conservatives (betraying their name, in this instance) seem … Continue reading

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Non Sum Dignus

What’s that? Don’t know the Latin? It’s what you say before receiving Communion (unless you’re a St Joan’s parishioner): Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed. Don’t misunderstand me. … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 19

More on hierarchy from Vatican II. First the Scriptural foundation for it: The Lord Jesus, after praying to the Father, calling to Himself those whom He desired, appointed twelve to be with Him, and whom He would send to preach … Continue reading

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Lovers of the Place

Rocco Palmo, as well as other writers, have reported on the death of Dom Francis Kline, abbot of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina. Dom Kline, a Trappist, will be buried tomorrow. Rocco also linked to an article in the State … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Readings at Liturgy

They’re having a grand old time* at open book today hammering away on St Joan’s. Amy wonders about the phenomenon of the blogosphere and how today we know all about many parishes–good and bad–thanks to the internet. My sense is … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 18

The curialists were wondering when they’d get around to the big cheeses, but here it is just eighteen sections into the document. Chapter III begins here, “On the hierarchical structure of the Church and in particular on the episcopate.” For … Continue reading

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Brother Roger and Reconciliation

I am, as usual, behind with everything. Thus, I am a little late in posting this very moving article on Brother Roger, written by Monsignor Gérard Dancourt, Bishop of Dancourt, and originally published in La Croix on August 16 (it … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 17

After this piece, I’m all caught up on my Lumen Gentium post-a-day commitment. Scintillating excitement tonight on the evangelization front: As the Son was sent by the Father,(Cf. Jn. 20, 21) so He too sent the Apostles, saying: “Go, therefore, … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 16

Non-Christians get a look by the council bishops, starting with Judaism: Finally, those who have not yet received the Gospel are related in various ways to the people of God.(Cfr. S. Thomas, Summa Theol. III, q. 8, a. 3, ad … Continue reading

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Et Tu, Reggie?

Eyewitness account of Father Reginald Foster, the papal Latinist and tireless promoter of the language of Rome, and his speaking engagement at Notre Dame. On one topic the Catholic Right wished he had left alone: At some person’s request, however, … Continue reading

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Bury the Hatchet

Last year, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Austria butchered a public handling of evolution. Scientist Kenneth Miller is able to recognize good theology and bad science and succinctly captures the cardinal’s problem here. This year, his position is more sensible and … Continue reading

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Some Choir Questions

Somebody from my hometown got the published question of the week in Zenit’s Liturgy Q&A feature. I’m curious about which parish this might be, but here’s the query: It is my understanding that the choir should be located where visible … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Submission Tackled or Dodged?

So what did you hear this weekend? Anything on submission? The Pontifical Household Preacher, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, had some reflections on it: Reading Paul’s words with modern eyes, one immediately sees a difficulty. Paul recommends to husband that they … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 15

It’s nice to take a weekend off from blogging, but let’s get back to one of Vatican II’s hallmark documents. Where we left off Friday, LG 14 spoke of the issue of membership of catechumens in the Church. The council … Continue reading

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